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Work It !

How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass, and Land a Job in Any Economy

Simon & Schuster,

15 min read
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If you are job hunting in these competitive times, just one strategy isn’t enough — use every weapon you can muster.

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Allison Hemming, who heads an interim workforce agency, discusses strategies you can use to get employed. She focuses primarily on entry level jobs and directs her advice to younger workers, especially those affected by the tight job market (hence the sassy, but unnecessarily tacky, sub-title). However, the basics of her technique can be applied by most job seekers. Hemming writes with an authoritative air, using a casual style to appeal to younger, hip workers, although her job hunting principles sound fairly basic. Note the book’s tips on techniques to avoid and alternate techniques to pursue. She suggests niche searches on the Internet, targeted resumes and extensive networking. It’s not very flashy but, nowadays, as job hunting increasingly becomes an extreme competitive sport, recommends taking all the solid advice you can get.


Many Jobs, Many Strategies

In today’s economy, most workers can expect to have many different jobs with many different companies. On the average, employees in the United States in the early twenty-first century will change jobs ten times or more and will have at least three different types of careers, based on statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

The best job hunters look every day. Don’t rely on a single strategy, such as Internet job boards. Instead, use a combination of approaches, including traditional job hunting strategies, such as building inside contacts, creating a personal network, presenting professional and tailored resumes, sending effective cover letters, prepping to give great interviews and following-up with thank you notes.

Wise Web Use

Regard the Internet simply as a supplement to your job hunt, and combine it with the "old-school" job hunting approaches. At the most, devote 25% of your time to using the Web, and the rest to traditional methods, such as showing up at business and industry events, contacting headhunters and getting to know your target companies’ current employees who may give you inside information, referrals or ...

About the Author

Allison Hemming is an established career authority who got her start with the world-famous Pink Slip Parties, a networking event for the recently downsized. Her commentary about career and workplace issues has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as on numerous TV programs. After beginning her career on Wall Street and spending some time in magazine publishing, Hemming founded The Hired Guns, a interim workforce company in Manhattan.

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